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BILLINGS, Mont(AP) — Montana won’t hold a grizzly bear hunt in 2018 after state officials said Thursday they want to avoid complicating lawsuits over the animal’s legal status. Federal officials last year lifted Endangered Species Act protections for about 700 bears in and around Yellowstone National Park, opening the door to potential hunting in the three-state region. Montana wildlife commissioners said letting hunters kill some of those bears could give momentum to pending legal challenges that seek to restore protections. Wildlife advocates and Native Americans who brought the lawsuits had argued that hunting would reverse the species decades-long recovery. Most Read StoriesMan who accused Ed Murray of sexual abuse found dead in Auburn motel  WATCHAfter 911 calls and a lockdown at Highline College, police find 'zero evidence' of a shooting  VIEWWith work permits in limbo, spouses of H-1B visa holders worry they’ll lose jobsSnow in Seattle? Freezing temperatures? 'Be ready for it'King County Republican chair criticized after telling gun-control advocate 'Do not ever contact me again'Sale! Save up to 90% on subscriptions!Commissioners voted unanimously against a hunt this yearBut Commission Chairman Dan Vermillion said Thursday’s action doesn’t preclude a Montana grizzly hunt in the future. Grizzly hunting in Wyoming could begin this fall after state officials said last month they want hunting regulations drafted. No decision has been made in Idaho. “Let the other states go off and tilt at windmills,” said Montana wildlife commissioner Shane Colton“We’ll hunker down and manage other wildlife species.” The Yellowstone grizzly population has increased from an estimated 136 bears when they were granted protections in the mid-1970sBears now come into frequent conflicts with humans, through attacks on domestic livestock and people who encounter bears unexpectedly in the forest. Under a complex formula established by state and federal officials to manage Yellowstone grizzlies, only limited hunting is allowedThe number of bears that can be killed in any given year is to be divvied up among the three states. For Montana, which comprises about a third of the Yellowstone region, that formula would have allowed just one female and six male bears to be hunted in 2018If the first bear killed were female, officials said they would have to stop hunting so that a second female would not be mistakenly killed. Wildlife advocates who attended Thursday’s commission meeting said they were grateful Montana was taking a prudent approach to bear hunting. MATTHEW BROWN Next StoryBooker Prize to mark 50th birthday by naming overall champ Previous StoryWife guilty of assisting in murder of 2 California deputies // PROD-1622 Outbrain AB Test // Have to disable outbrain from running at this point based on optimizely test booleans (function() { if ( SEATIMESCO.hasOwnProperty('outbrain') && SEATIMESCO.outbrain.hasOwnProperty('enabled') && SEATIMESCO.outbrain.enabled === false ) { var outbrain = null; outbrain = document.querySelector('.OUTBRAIN[data-widget-id="AR_6"]'); if (outbrain !== null ) { outbrain.parentNode.removeChild(outbrain); } } })(); Contact Newsroom staff list FAQ Contact form About the company Seattle Restaurant Week Newspapers in Education Fund for the Needy Employment Historical Archives Pulitzers Company information Permissions Seattle Times Store Advertise Classifieds Autos Homes Obituary Jobs Media Kit Advertise with Us Subscriber Services Subscribe Activate Account Manage Subscription Place Temporary Hold Report Delivery Issue Make a Payment Print Replica Today’s Front Page Facebook Twitter RSS Feeds Newsletters Mobile Apps Subscribe

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